Thank God for Pope Francis - and for Budget Gridlock!


So we've got a new pope. His name is Francis.

It took the college of cardinals, what, 15 minutes before agreeing on a new leader for the Catholic Church, the largest multinational conglomerate since Howard Johnson's went into Chapter 11?

Despite serious theological and fashion conflicts that make the problems between East Coast and West Coast rappers look almost trivial in comparison, the cardinals were quickly blowing more white smoke than a studio session featuring Snoop, Wiz Khalifa, and Kottonmouth Kings.

Compare that to the U.S. government, which hasn't passed an actual budget in years. That's supposed to change over the coming weeks, as a new budget season gets underway, just in time for spring.

The House Republicans' budget was written by P90 X enthusiast Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. He promised a budget as lean as his turtlicious 12-pack, but Ryan's plan actually grows federal spending by a whopping 42 percent over the next decade.

The Senate Democrats - who hadn't written a budget in four years - delivered a plan that raises a trillion dollars in taxes and spends even more than the Republicans want to.

President Obama was supposed to submit his spending plan weeks ago but missed his deadline because he'd gotten too wrapped up in the planning of this year's Easter Egg Roll - he wanted to make sure that the kill list for that event is 100 percent accurate.

He's already said that he's not gonna sign on to any budget that he thinks "guts" Medicare or Social Security - and doesn't restore funding for core government activities like White House tours. 

So we may well go another year without a budget, which wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. Without a budget, real federal spending has basically been flat despite the best efforts of everyone involved to jack it up.

A billion Catholics may be grateful that the College of Cardinals runs smoother than an altar boy's cheek, but in the good old USA it turns out that gridlock has worked pretty well to restrain government spending.

Indeed, if and when American taxpayers see the white smoke signaling agreement rising over D.C., we'll all breathe a little worse.

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  1. Without a budget, real federal spending has basically been flat despite the best efforts of everyone involved to jack it up.

    The irony is that Obama gets credit for keeping it flat rather then the gridlock which he blames on Republicans.

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      2. So you're implying that your best friend's step-sister is getting money from the government?

  2. I am soooooo tired of hearing about this economy. I'd rather watch my Mom flick the bean than watch this, sorry

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  3. Maybe we should turn congress over to the cardinals. Sure, some male pages are going to get a little roughed up but, no pain - no gain.

    1. And how is that going to be different from the current Congress?

  4. There is a dude that knows what time it is. Wow.

  5. I was thinking a different kind of smoke from dc... Certainly not the kind signifying agreement!

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  8. it turns out that gridlock has worked pretty well to restrain government spending. TDA7388

  9. Seems there are two parallels evident in Vatican City drama and USA We The elite People of culture of corruption in Washington DC Budget and deficit reduction unfolding stories...1)struggle for consolidation of power, 2)unbridled greed, and 3) rampant corruption.
    Both stories run paralell to each other, have the same host of "players" and very same objectives.

    Vatican City and Washington DC are both cesspools...bogs rife with moral depravity (many call it "inside intrigue"). We The People know it for what it is...I'll take care of mine, and me, the hell with the much for "caring for the poor."
    1)USA=EBT cards, 48million on welfare and government assistance programs and 2)Vatican City collusion with every head-of-state around the world (absconding with coffers overflowing with cash...$55 billion worth of "cash," this is called "accounting irregularities").
    What's the difference? Goals are the same. "Circle-the-wagons" mentality on full dispaly for all the world to see (USA and Vatican City). NAH! Only a New American Catholic Church will ressurect the teachings of Christ our Saviour(A Reformation, if your will).Pray. Amen. Cardinal Nolan's flim-flammery with $100 million dollars worth of "cash," avoiding "pay-outs" to families suffering from their children's sexual abuses...Shame!Shame!

  10. If Congress held a mass and prayed for the help of the Holy Spirit before each session they too could expect results as quickly as the papal conclave.

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